Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver
By Mary Oliver
Why this book?
My first introduction to Oliver’s work came in high school when I read her collection of poetry and essays, Owls and Other Fantasies. She has the descriptive detail one may expect, but it’s the quality of her point of view that is most seducing, always full of wonder and attentiveness. In reading her work one is immediately aware that they’re in the presence of someone deeply in tune with nature, and somewhat disconnected from the hustle, striving, and often hollow rewards found in less natural environs. She was a balm to me back when I was a teenager, and she remains that for me today. Devotions collects poetry from all her different books over the many decades, and as such, it is a perfect introduction to someone new to her work.
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